The Embassy of Israel in Kathmandu, April 26, 2012, organized a lavish reception to mark the 64th Independence Day of the State of Israel in Kathmandu.
Delivering a welcome note Ambassador Hanan Godar claimed that since diplomatic ties established between Nepal and Israel as back in 1960, great strides have been made in the bilateral relations between the two countries.
“Nepal and Israel established diplomatic relations in 1960. This courageous step was taken by the Nepali government when taking such action was not popular, especially in this part of the world. This courageous step will never be forgotten!” so said the ambassador and continued, “Why is that so? We are both small nations in a fast changing surrounding and we both try to maintain our identities. This is the reason that, in spite of the long geographic distance we have such strong bridges between our two nations, governments and people”.
During these 52 years of diplomatic relations we build strong ties in agriculture, in health, in education, and in other various fields of cooperation. 8000 Israelis visited Nepal last year and the numbers are increasing every year. Parallel to that, 8000 Nepalese are working in Israel at the moment. I know that both, Nepalese staying in Israel and Israelis visiting Nepal are impressed by the friendship, sympathy and popularity Nepal has in Israel and Israel has in Nepal.
“Independence and sovereignty are dear to any nation. In our case it took us 2000 years to obtain it again. This who we are and this is what we are. It is our right to identify ourselves, to protect our citizens, to develop our culture and to fulfill our values. This is what independence means to us, added the Israeli Ambassador.
Israel and Nepal are two nations that have unique natural assets. In Israel it is the desert and the golden coast of the Mediterranean. In Nepal it is the amazing Himalayas and the beautiful plains of the Terai. Let us use this year and have a long distance friendly hand shake from the two extremes on our planet: From the highest point to the lowest point, from 8 kilometres high Mount Everest down to below ocean level of the Dead Sea”., concluded the Israeli envoy.
Present on the occasion were Vice President, Permananda Jha and CA Speaker Mr. Nembang.